Group withdraws Oregon secession petition

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregonians who proposed a ballot measure asking Oregon to secede from the United States have withdrawn their petition.

One petitioner told the Oregonian/Oregon Live Friday they decided to pull the measure because the response wasn’t what he had hoped for.

Christian Trejbal says he and co-petitioner Jennifer Rollins have received death threats. He also didn’t like watching violence unfold as anti-Donald Trump protesters took to the streets.

He says “the political landscape right now is not amenable to the sort of conversation we’re trying to have.”

The two submitted a petition for a 2018 ballot initiative on Thursday.

A group in California also hopes to put a question on the November 2018 ballot that would authorize a statewide independence vote for the spring of 2019.

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